Space Mission Analyst

Location: Harwell, Oxfordshire

Responsible to: Satellite Missions Technologies Team

Working Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Contract: Permanent, 3 month probation and 1 month notice

Holiday: 28 days per annum, plus statutory holidays.

Equal Opportunities: The Satellite Application Catapult strives to be an equal opportunities employer and commitment to this process will be expected.

About Us

The Satellite Applications Catapult is an independent technology and innovation company whose purpose is to promote, develop and facilitate the commercialisation and advancement of the satellite applications industry. The company is a not for profit Research Organisation, with a commercial trading subsidiary. The organisation embraces an open and innovative culture, encouraging an ethos of knowledge exchange and sector engagement, and has quickly become a world class centre of facilities and expertise.

We’re one of ten Catapults established and overseen by Innovate UK. They are places where the best of the UK’s innovative businesses and researchers work together to bring new products and services more quickly to commercialisation. Focusing on areas with great market potential, Catapults will open up global opportunities for the UK and generate economic growth for the future.

Our Mission

To innovate for a better world, empowered by satellites

Our Vision

To be a world-leading technology and innovation company, helping businesses of all sizes to realise the potential from space. By embracing a pioneering, agile, collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit, we create valued partnerships to deliver game-changing results

Our Culture

The Catapult fosters an open and collaborative culture that stimulates and develops staff and encourages collaboration and innovation. Our employee value proposition is strong. We have worked hard to create an environment which is dynamic, exciting, challenging, rewarding, flexible and, most importantly, fun. More about the Catapult Culture

The Role

The Satellite Missions and Technologies department at the Catapult is responsible for aiding the development of new and innovative mission concept and assessing the impact they will have on the downstream markets. This is achieved by engaging with industries and universities through relationships with stakeholders, to support the creation, deployment and operation of satellite missions in pursuit of new market opportunities in the space sector.

The jobholder will have responsibility in the roles:

  • Mission analysis activities on projects including:
  • Needs and requirements of space missions
  • ConOps, system level budget, visibility, orbit design with STK
  • High-level platform and payload design definition (mass, power, orbit type, payload performance including link budget)

Technical and commercial intelligence:

  • Establish a structured knowledge of the space supply chain: satellites, launcher and ground segment
  • Perform analysis and present them in a visualized way i.e. expected number of satellites, future launches

About You

Required Skills and Experience

  • Space system engineering studies: high-level knowledge of satellites, launchers and ground segment
  • Satellite mission analysis using tools like STK or Savoir
  • Coding experience like VBA, Python, JAVA, C and Matlab
  • Self-driven, supportive of NewSpace approaches

 Desired experience

  • Involved in phase A mission studies
  • NewSpace activities: small-satellites, start-up processes awareness
  • Commercial and technical trade-offs of space systems
  • Mathematical analysis: statistics, correlations, trigonometry, optimization
  • Database management

This is an exceptional opportunity for an aerospace engineer to be involved in the delivery of a space mission (from phase 0 to launch) as well as exploring the future mission concepts of satellites, launch and ground stations.


If you are up for the challenge and thrive in a fast-paced and creative environment, send your CV along with a covering letter to

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